The Ethical Engineer
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recording of The Ethical Engineer, by Harry Harrison. Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012).
The Ethical Engineer
also known as “Deathworld II” finds our hero Jason dinAlt captured to face justice for his crimes, but the ever-wily gambler crashes his transport on a primitive planet populated by clans that hoard knowledge. It’s a difficult situation for a guy who just wants to get back to Pyrrus.
The Ethical Engineer was first published in the July and August 1963 issues of Analog Science Fact & Fiction.
(Summary by Gregg Margarite)
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February 13, 2014
I really liked the story, and it was very well read. The reader did an excellent job with the voice of the main character.
There is a lot of discussion about morality and ethics within the story, some of which you may not want your young child exposed to, or you may want to explain depending on your views. I would listen to the story before/with your child if you are worried about it.
January 18, 2011
Lots of Fun
This book is a fast moving, never dull page turner. The hero is hunted by a "do gooder" who wants to "bring him in" for a trial and a first class hanging all in the name of what is right. Of course, the hero can't let himself be executed and so the ride begins. The story is lots of fun and never slow.
The narrator does a very good job and has narrated a bunch of scifi books on Libivox. My only criticism (which really isn't one at all) is that his voice hits some very deep notes that make my car speakers rattle!
Try the book.
December 22, 2010
Here's another good sci-fi and continuing adventures for our psi-hero, Jason Dinalt.
Jason is captured by a man who says he is guilty of crimes and must die for those crimes. Jason, being the smart fellow he is, manages to trick the fellow and crash the ship on a strange planet. Both are captured by locals and turned into slaves.
Jason sizes up the planet and its culture, and figures out how to get out of the mess. But for some odd reason he feels the need to save his foolish captor, who feels the need to thwart Jason at every turn!
Can Jason figure out a way to get out of this mess and get back to his adopted Pyrrus? Will the Pyrrians get the chance to give the captor the thumping he so richly deserves?
You will love this book, top to bottom. Gregg does a great job, as usual. Enjoy!
February 10, 2010
A nice follow up on our hero!
This book, following our hero from Deathworld, is a nice little adventure in to primative slavery. I also liked how the primative technology, coveted by the painfully ignorant natives, plays a major role in the story.
Reader Gregg Margarite also does an excellent job, and without him it would not be as good a book. His voice portrays very well the "cool headed" main character's voice and thoughts.